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Smoke detector for front bay solar equipment / MultiPlus instalation

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  • Smoke detector for front bay solar equipment / MultiPlus instalation

    Went searching today for a 12V hard wired smoke detector for my front equipment bay. Was looking for a dual sensor (ionization and photovoltaic) so wire smoke would be caught. If I understand correctly Ionization needs flame.

    However I could not find hard wired 12V - only 120V. But there are plenty of 9V battery stand alone units. Ratings vary with some photovoltaic models having false alarm issues.

    What I am up to is. I want to mount a detector in the front bay ceiling where all my solar equipment and Multiplus is.

    Has anyone done this and what alarm did you use?

    Thoughts?

    Thanks

    Keith
    2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dually

  • #2
    Keith, I installed a 9V (ion/photo) unit with a ten year battery in mine.

    https://amazon.com/gp/product/B011O2...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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    2017 Reflection 297RSTS

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    • #3
      Originally posted by TucsonJim View Post
      Keith, I installed a 9V (ion/photo) unit with a ten year battery in mine.

      https://amazon.com/gp/product/B011O2...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
      Thanks! I hadn't thought of this and just added one to my Amazon cart.

      Rob
      Rob & Laura
      U.S. Army Retired (Rob)
      2012 F350 DRW CC Lariat PS 6.7, PullRite OE 18K
      2020 Solitude 310GK-R, MORryde IS and disc brakes, solar, BB LiFePO4, DP windows
      (Previously in a 2016 Reflection 337RLS)
      Full time since 08/2015

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Second Chance View Post
        Thanks! I hadn't thought of this and just added one to my Amazon cart.
        I did the same!
        Brian & Kellie
        2020 Grand Design Solitude 310GK-R, FBP, MORryde IS, 1,460w solar and 540ah BBGC3
        2020 Ford F-350 Platinum SRW PSD Tremor, 60g TF fuel tank, Hensley BD3-F air bag hitch
        2022 Ford F-450 Platinum on order

        Previous setups:
        2019 Grand Design Solitude 373FB-R, 2019 Ford F-350 Platinum DRW Powerstroke, Hensley BD5 air bag hitch
        2016 Grand Design Reflection 318RST, 2016 GMC 3500 Denali SRW Duramax, Hensley BD3 air bag hitch

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TucsonJim View Post
          Keith, I installed a 9V (ion/photo) unit with a ten year battery in mine.

          https://amazon.com/gp/product/B011O2...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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          Thinks Jim
          Any issues with false alarms reported in the ratings? I was wondering as its open more to the environment.

          Appreciate the link
          Keith
          2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dually

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          • #6
            Keith.

            It's never gone off in the two years it's been in there. I'm happy with it.

            Jim
            The moderators for this site are not GDRV employees, but we do own GDRV products.

            Jim and Ginnie
            2017 Reflection 297RSTS

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            • #7
              Yoda
              Hi Keith,

              I have these "10 year battery" smoke detectors in several locations. Behind the fridge, beside the water heater & furnace, in the pass through storage and behind the fireplace. Cheap insurance. No false alarms so far.

              Rob
              Cate & Rob
              (with Border Collies Molly & Angel and their kitty Gracie)
              2015 Reflection 303RLS
              2014 Ecoboost F150 with Heavy Duty Payload Package
              Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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              • #8
                Thanks Folks
                2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dually

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                • #9
                  TucsonJim , Cate&Rob

                  Have you guys tested these to see if they actually work or test once a year? Just curious as I test the ones inside the RV as well as the house on occasion.

                  ​​​​​​​Brian
                  Brian & Michelle
                  2018 Reflection 29RS Oct.2017 build date, EMS-HW50C , Lippert Remote
                  2015 Chevy 3500HD CC LB Duramax , Reese Elite 18K

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Country Campers View Post
                    TucsonJim , Cate&Rob

                    Have you guys tested these to see if they actually work or test once a year? Just curious as I test the ones inside the RV as well as the house on occasion.

                    Brian
                    I push the “test” button once in a while and the alarm sounds (much to the dislike of Molly & Angel). Whether smoke would set off the alarm is unknown . . . probably something that I should test.

                    Rob

                    Cate & Rob
                    (with Border Collies Molly & Angel and their kitty Gracie)
                    2015 Reflection 303RLS
                    2014 Ecoboost F150 with Heavy Duty Payload Package
                    Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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                    • #11
                      I test all alarms the day before we depart for a trip. Ginnie needs to take the dogs to the far side of the house and turn on loud music so they don't freak out.

                      Jim
                      The moderators for this site are not GDRV employees, but we do own GDRV products.

                      Jim and Ginnie
                      2017 Reflection 297RSTS

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                      • #12
                        I have not done it....but I would be tempted to just do something like this:

                        https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077LVMGJ4...v_ov_lig_dp_it

                        Granted it's messy...but if your smoke detector goes off....if you are there maybe you can turn stuff off quick....if it is already on fire....you will probably grab your fire extinguisher and make a mess anyway?

                        Let me know what you think.
                        2020 Imagine 2400BH
                        2014 Ford F150 FX4 4x4 Supercrew 3.5 Ecoboost and tow package (not max tow)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bellis View Post
                          I have not done it....but I would be tempted to just do something like this:

                          https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077LVMGJ4...v_ov_lig_dp_it

                          Granted it's messy...but if your smoke detector goes off....if you are there maybe you can turn stuff off quick....if it is already on fire....you will probably grab your fire extinguisher and make a mess anyway?

                          Let me know what you think.
                          Yes sir. I have one installed right next to my smoke detector. It is basically an M-80 firecracker placed inside fire retardant powder. If the fuse ignites, it will make one heck of a pop and mess, but may very well save your rig.

                          Jim
                          The moderators for this site are not GDRV employees, but we do own GDRV products.

                          Jim and Ginnie
                          2017 Reflection 297RSTS

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TucsonJim View Post

                            Yes sir. I have one installed right next to my smoke detector. It is basically an M-80 firecracker placed inside fire retardant powder. If the fuse ignites, it will make one heck of a pop and mess, but may very well save your rig.

                            Jim
                            It only goes off in the event of actual fire though correct? IE it will not go off with smoke only?
                            2020 Imagine 2400BH
                            2014 Ford F150 FX4 4x4 Supercrew 3.5 Ecoboost and tow package (not max tow)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bellis View Post

                              It only goes off in the event of actual fire though correct? IE it will not go off with smoke only?
                              That is correct. The fuse needs to ignite.
                              The moderators for this site are not GDRV employees, but we do own GDRV products.

                              Jim and Ginnie
                              2017 Reflection 297RSTS

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